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The long last mile

  • Running Time:6 min., 11 sec. (part one); 6 min., 8 sec. (part two)
  • Author(s):LIRNEasia, TV-E Asia-Pacific, International Development Research Centre, Canada (IDRC)
  • Date Published:2007

Early warnings can save thousands of lives when disasters strike. Science can now anticipate or detect tsunamis, cyclones and floods but the bigger challenge is to communicate that knowledge quickly and effectively to everyone at risk. Following the 2004 tsunami which arrived without warning, civil society groups, telecom operators and researchers collaborated in Sri Lanka to find out how technologies, training and community organisation can carry official warnings through the crucial 'last mile'.

What technologies are appropriate for conveying hazard information to communities in the "last-mile"? Can communities become disaster resilient through combinations of technology and training? "The Long Last Mile" video documentary features the answers to these questions and more through its focus on the "Evaluating Last-Mile Hazard Information Dissemination" (HazInfo) pilot project conducted by LIRNEasia through Sri Lanka's largest community-based NGO, Sarvodaya, in partnership with TV-E Asia-Pacific and the support of IDRC Canada.

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Keywords

  • Themes:Community-based DRR, Early Warning, Education & School Safety
  • Hazards:Tsunami
  • Countries/Regions:Sri Lanka

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/1402


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